at: Faison Firehouse Theater

Fine Art Show & Sale of Works by African-American Master Artists and their Contemporaries …

Black Art In America™ (BAIA) is the leading online social network focused on African-American art. On October 4th – 6th, 2013, BAIA will host an extraordinary showcase of works by African-American Artists in Harlem at: Faison Firehouse Theater, Six Hancock Place,  NYC  10027 (124th Street between. St. Nicholas & Morningside Avenues)

Featuring Original Works By:
Charles Alston / Romare Bearden / Herbert Gentry / Hughie Lee Smith / Bob Thompson / Charles White / Louis Delsarte / Frank Frazier / Mr. Imagination / Vincent Smith / Purvis Young / Mason Archie / Najee Dorsey / Lawrence Finney / Nnamdi Okonkwo / Woodrow Nash / Najjar Abdul-Musawwir … and many more

Hosted By:  George Faison, Celeste Beatty and Najee Dorsey.

Featured Guest Artists Include:

Otto Neal, Artist, Sculptor and Printmaker Otto Neals was born in Lake City, South Carolina to Gus and Delia Neals.  He is self-taught in all mediums except in the area of printmaking, which he learned at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.  His commissioned works include a 20 foot mural at  Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital; a bronze work at the Brooklyn Children’s Center; Ten Bronze Plaques at the “Harlem Walk of Fame”; and a bronze at Brooklyn. New York’s Prospect Park. entitled “Peter and WIllie”.  For this work, he was awarded the NYC Arts Commission’s Award of Excellence In Design.  Neals is in many collections, public and private, including the Ghana National Museum, The Columbia Museum (SC). The Smithsonian Institute, The Library of Congress, Honorable John Lewis, Honorable Bruce Wright, Honorable Una Clarke, Dr. Ute Wachsman, Harry Belafonte and Oprah Winfrey among others.  Neal’s exhibitions include showings at: Studio Museum in Harlem, Howard University, Du Sable Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Huntsville Museum of Art, Pratt Institute Kenkeleba Gallery and Museo De Arte Moderno Gallery, among others — visit :

Betty Blayton-Taylor, is an American activist, artist, Arts Administrator. Educator, Lecturer and Social Entrepreneur. As an Artist, Betty Blayton is an illustrator, painter, printmaker, and sculptor. She is best known for her works often described as As an artist, Betty Blayton is an illustrator, painter, printmaker, and sculptor. She is best known for her works often described as ‘spiritual abstractions’. Betty Blayton-Taylor is co-founder and Board Secretary of the Studio Museum of Harlem co-founder and Executive Director of Harlem Children’s Art Carnival (CAC), and co-founder of Harlem Textile Works. She has been an advisor, consultant and board member to a variety of arts and community based service organizations and programs. Her artworks are displayed in a variety of private art collections and museums. Since her retirement from CAC in 2004 she continues to talk, lecture and present on the arts and arts education and spends time creating and exhibiting new works — visit :

Robert Sammons, is an 82 years old self taught artist from Jonesboro, Arkansas who works in marker, pen & ink on paper. Robert’s work as a map maker in the 1950’s served as a muse for the works he’s created over the last 50 plus years. The majority of Sammons works are unique images of art on both sides of the same paper.  Works by Robert Sammons are available at

Mary Ann Rose, Mary Anne Rose has many exhibitions in both Europe and the United States. Her work is included in private and public collections including the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago, IL, the Biblioteca Nationale di Milano in Milan Italy, and the Malmo Museum in Malmo, Sweden. Mary Anne Rose met Herbert Gentry in Paris, France at the Cite Internationale des Arts in 1978. As a couple they spent the next 25 years together. They lived in Paris, Malmo, and New York City. As fellow artists they shared studios and occasionally had joint exhibitions in Sweden. Upon her husband’s death in 2003, Rose began the work of preserving his artistic legacy. Visit :

Frank Frazier, sculptor, painter, and collagist cites the Creator as his biggest influence. “The Creator inspires me. He puts whatever I need in me. He also admits that he “loves black women and likes to use them in his art.” Frazier also credits Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Elizabeth Cattlett as his biggest artistic inspirations. Speaking on how the Diaspora influences his art, Frank muses, “I go to Senegal, West Africa a lot. Many of my collages are influenced from there.” As far as the media he works with, the sky is the limit. “I paint with oils, watercolors, and charcoal, anything that’s available,” says Frazier.   Frazier’s exhibits include shows at the King Center exhibit in Columbus, Ohio, the Schomberg Center in New York, National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee and the Library of Congress in DC, among others. Now living in Texas, Frazier is working on a series of paintings on the civil rights movement. He recently completed a road trip to various Southern cities that were pivotal to the struggle for equal rights; Jackson, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama, to Selma, to Tuskegee. This statesmen of art was “never motivated by money” when producing his art; the love of black history and culture and creation are his driving force. Visit :

Lawrence Finney, born in Brooklyn, studied art at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, the School of the Visual Arts, New York City and Warren County Community College, New Jersey. Finney’s  heroic, stylized figures are greatly influenced by European renaissance, George Tooker, the Mexican muralists and social realism in general. Finney has exhibited at: Fairleigh Dickinson University, National Black Fine Art Show, Collaborations Chattanooga African American Museum, and The Studio Museum of Harlem (2002). His work can also be found in private and public collections including, Bank of America and Bill Cosby among others. Visit :

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir  is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.   Abdul-Musawwir has been an artist-residence at N’Nambdi  Center for Contemporary Arts in Detroit (2009 and at the Museum and Gallery Tuanku Fauziah at University Science Malaysia in 2011.  When he is not creating impressive works of art, or teaching college students; he can be found working with “dis-engaged youth” and their families helping them to discover their creative voices.  Visit :

Phyllis Stephens, is an award-winning fifth generation quilt maker, considered by critics to be a Master of African-American Story Quilts, Simply stated her quilts are inspirational. She has quilted professionally for more than twenty five years. Her quilts have been displayed in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries in the world; such as The Museum of the American Quilter’s Sociey in Paducah, Kentucky and the Fine Art Museum of Ghana Africa. It was a special honor for her to show in Ghana, being it is the fabric capital of Africa.  Visit :

Najee Dorsey, is Founder / CEO of Black Art in America™ (BAIA) and is an avid collector and patron of the arts.  Black Art in America™ is the leading online social network focused on African-American art, Najee is also an accomplished visual artist — now preparing for his solo show at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Georgia, entitled “Leaving Mississippi: Reflections on Heroes and Folklore”.  Philadelphia Daily News called Dorsey’s contemporary work “a highlight of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show” (2012). Visit:

Program Schedule:

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013  (6pm – 9pm)
Private Collector Preview Art Tour (Opening Reception) — light fare, cocktails, private collector preview, art exhibit and opening of online auction.

Friday, October 4th, 2013  (2pm – 9pm)
— exhibit with online auction (public opening), (6pm – 7pm) — “How Black Art In America™ & Social Media Work for You”, BAIA Member Workshop with Tantra Zawadi; (8pm – 9pm) — Harlem happy hour with George Faison and Celeste Beatty.

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 (12 noon – 10pm)

(12 noon – 2pm) — “How Much is Your Art Worth”, Valuation Day with Martha Henry; (3pm – 4pm) — Workshop, “Protecting Your Investment”, for artists and art collectors with Dwight Railford and Don Roman of Railford Roman and Associates; (8pm – 10pm) — nonradioMusic/BAIA presents: dei 7 free range music with Vocalist Derin Young and special guest ‘Blues Master’ MIKE HILL

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 (by appointment only)

Closing business sales, end of online auction.


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BAIA NYC (October) Artists
BAIA NYC (October) Exhibit Hosts
BAIA NYC (October) Presenters
BAIA NYC (October) Media Advisory

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